Sheffield United: Blades consider Ryan swoop

Ryan Hall would be a goal threat along with new signing Marlon King
Ryan Hall would be a goal threat along with new signing Marlon King

Sheffield United are monitoring Leeds midfielder Ryan Hall, writes James Shield.

Sources at Elland Road last night confirmed the former England C international, who turned professional with Crystal Palace, features on a list of potential targets drawn-up by David Weir as the United manager looks to increase his team’s options in front of goal.

Weir acknowledged that he was pursuing “several” lines of enquiry in the emergency loan market following the arrival of Marlon King earlier this week.

Hall, aged 25, can operate as either a winger or centre-forward and could make his United debut against Preston North End should the South Yorkshire club’s hierarchy attempt to push through a deal.

King seems certain to start tomorrow’s fixture as Weir looks to arrest United’s slide down the League One table.

But despite slipping to 22nd following last weekend’s defeat at Carlisle, Michael Doyle insisted the centre-forward’s presence has “given everyone a lift.”

“Preston are a strong team,” Doyle, the United captain, said. “They’re physical, well-organised and will probably fancy their chances of getting one over on us.

“But I’m more bothered about us. We’ve got nothing to be afraid of.

“The main thing is making sure we get out of our bad phase and start posting some results.”

North End climbed to fifth following an emphatic victory over Stevenage six days ago which preserved their unbeaten record in the competition this term. Simon Grayson, Weir’s counterpart at Deepdale, is expected to have a near full-strength squad at his disposal while United welcome Febian Brandy back from suspension.

“We’ve been creating chances and good positions but not taken them,” Doyle said. “We should have more points but if we do that and go on a run, which we’re capable of, then we’ll get right back in the mix.”

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